John will be signing copies of his first mystery novel, "One, Two - Kill a Few" at the Home Plate Cafe (AR Hwy 7 N, half-mile north of the west gate to Hot Springs Village) on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9 a.m. till Noon.
Don't forget to bring your $10 (per person) dinner reservation for our June 15 end-of-the-year festivities at the Italian House and Grill. We need to have an accurate head count by our April meeting to secure the restaurant. Spouses and guests are invited to attend.
The Youth Literature Festival will be held on May 2nd in Bentonville. Authors and illustrators from around the country will be coming to speak about writing and the creative process. It's a great opportunity for writers and readers alike. These successful authors are involved with children's literature and have great insights to share for anyone interested in writing.
It's a free event, but attendees do need to register by going to the Bentonville Public Library website.
Just register for the morning/and or afternoon sessions for the event at the Bentonville Community Center.
Our April monthly meeting will be devoted entirely to practice for L'Audible Art. There will be no guest speaker or other club business. Those members who are presenting are urged to study the attached Rules and Guidelines.
To register for the conference and contests, go to www.lracw.com/events
To date, two groups are in the works: one for members interested in writing short stories (the Short Story PIG) and one for members who are interested in finding avenues to publish materials already written (called the “What’s Next” PIG).
If you are interested in joining either group, or forming one of your own to explore other common-interest areas, let us know and we’ll put you on the right track. A number of members have expressed interest in the areas listed below, and we would love to be able to form PIGs for them as well.
· Family Histories
If you’re interested, send an email to VWC.Newsletter@gmail.com, telling us your area of interest.
Details not yet posted on their website: http://www.whitecountycreativewriters.org/
Hot Springs Village Writers' Club now has a Facebook page. If you use Facebook, please take a look, LIKE US, FRIEND US and all that jazz. You can also post anything of interest to WRITERS. The page URL is https://www.facebook.com/HotSpringsVillageWritersClub.
We plan to hold a very special dinner meeting on June 15! We invite members to bring a spouse (preferably their own) or a friend to enjoy a social evening with a focus on writing!
The meeting will be held at the Italian House & Grill (just outside the West Gate), which has agreed to open just for us. We'll have the place to ourselves for the evening!
In order to guarantee the meeting, we need members to confirm their attendance by April 27
The Sentinel-Record has an opening for a reporter who can "provide comprehensive Village coverage" to their readers and is hopeful that the ideal person belongs to our Writers' Club.
The reporter would have fexibility on the days and hours worked per week and long as the HS events are covered adequately. It is also possible that much of the work could be done from the reporter's home.
We have received an inquiry via the website that a writer is looking for someone to proofread "a 94,000 word non-fiction manuscript." Currently the manuscript, saved in Word document format, "is clean with relatively few typos." It is to be a self-published book so that the "budget for proofing is light." He will send page samples if requested to do so.
Please contact Mr. Cates directly at email@example.com.
NOTE: THE VWC does not know this writer, so any interaction you may have with him is entirely your responsibility.
Women on Writing has notified Madelyn Young that she is a finalist in their Summer Flash Fiction contest with her story "A Time to Be Born."
Poetry Readers at the Showcase of the Arts
FRONT: Nancy Foris, Lloyd Henning
BACK: John Swinburn, Betty Marlow, Melissa Sonnen, Mary Lou Moran, Sandy Lundin
VWC has chosen John Swinburn as the winner of the Showcase of the Arts poetry contest. John's winning poem "Circles on a Train" will lead off the poetry readings when members present their poetry on the Woodlands Auditorium stage on October 4 from 1:45 until 2:05.
John is a writer of poetry and short fiction for his own personal satisfaction. His poetry tends toward whimsy or story-telling. He thinks writing also provides an emotional outlet for the writer. John and his wife Janine Bethscheider retired to Hot Springs Village from Dallas, Texas in April 2014.
President: Mary Lou Moran
Vice President: Marlene Kloack
Secretary: Madelyn Young
Treasurer: Melissa Sonnen
Past President (new office this year): Jerry Davis
The Fourth Thursday Author series has been renamed FOCCL PRESENTS, but the intent and format will remain the same.
2015 Local Author Series Presenters:
TO BE UPDATED SOON
The FOCCL features a local published author the last Thursday of each month, January through October. Presentations are at 4 PM in Room 6 of the Coronado Center.
For more information, contact Judy Carroll, 922-5918
What brings you to our website?
Perhaps you’d like to
Whatever your reason, we are glad you found our website and our club. Know that you are most welcome to join us. Whenever you’re ready, grab your paper and pen, and become a member; we will be waiting.
If you'd like to join our club immediately, submit the Member Application form.
"What an astonishing thing a book is. It is a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts, on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person. [...] Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. Books are proof that humans are capable of working magic." -- Carl Sagan
The Spots Magazine has been re-designed and will have lifestyle articles from all over our region, not just Hot Springs. To find out more information contact Marisa Rodgers at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Springs is a newspaper-type periodical that is widely distributed in Hot Springs and made available to all tourists. The editors would like to have a section devoted to the Village. To ask questions or to submit announcements and articles contact JoAnne Mangione at email@example.com Deadline for submissions is the 15th of each month.
The Critique meets at the Chamber of Commerce (West Gate) on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 2 PM.
Material for the critique is usually 2,000 words or less, emailed in .pdf format to all members of the group by the end of the week before the meeting.
Critiques are intended to be constructive and helpful, always focused on the work, not the writer. Copy editing/formatting aid is usually done beforehand on the material and brought to the meeting, but not discussed in any detail.
Oral critique usually concerns plot, characterization, reader interest, etc.
A list of critique group members is not currently available for posting.
Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good. -- Samuel Johnson
There are just three rules for writing -- but nobody knows what they are. -- Somerset Maugham
Cut out all the exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald